MicroTrac achieved zero turn motion. If one walks around rapidly, one can turn the walk-behind tractor around in place. MicroTrac is turning out to be a beautiful freak:
To do this, we added two small, freely-turning wheels to MicroTrac. This replaced the rigid wheels from the first test run. In that test run, we discovered that we want a greater degree of turning flexibility, because MicroTrac is so long – hence the zero turn wheels.
The zero turn wheels don’t hold up, though. They are rated for 300 lb, but when they are in a sideways position, it is easy for the powerful forward drive to bend them out of shape. Note that we are doing this testing in idle speed of the 18 hp gas engine.
The other minor fix will have to be adding a muffler to MicroTrac. We eliminated the muffler because it did not fit within the tight cage of the Power Cube.
CEB construction, tillers, spaders, mower, and hay equipment are all forthcoming as we move ourselves up to 100% food sufficiency. This is done with grains, goats, chickens, garden, and orchard – plus LifeTrac and MicroTrac. That’s a combined force of 70 slaves on this plantation.
We want to show that scalable food sufficiency can be attained with 30 minutes of labor per day to grow/culture the entire menu – with one person equipped with 70 slaves worth of power. Logically – if that horsepower is used wisely, shouldn’t it be trivial for one person to do this – and feed not only one but 8 people with a full, year-round diet? Crazy and unheard of? Absolutely yes. I call it delivering on the promise of technology – in making lives easier. We aim to carry this experiment out next year in full – to see if it is true. To make it happen is not magic, it’s just efficient production. The predictions do not include harvesting – just growing – and harvesting is fun in itself.